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Original 9 all make the Tennis Hall of Fame


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    If you've never heard of the 'Original 9' I encourage you watch the 'Battle of the Sexes' film from a few years back or seek out one of the many articles or documentaries on it. The short description is a group of nine professional women tennis players from 1971, headed by Billie Jean King, all banded together to demand better pay in the sport.

    They all signed symbolic $1 contracts to compete in an invitational they started from scratch, and faced expulsion from the sport in the process, but their efforts turned out to be extremely successful and changed the sport forever, in large part helping inspire and create what we know as the WTA Tour today.

    Fast forward to today and they are all being collectively inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Class of 2021, the first time a group has been recognized for its impact on the sport.

    Their stunt was probably a top 5 for me in all of sports, when you look at how players were able to 'change the game'. Women tennis players like Serena would not be seeing nearly the money or draw if had not been for these Original 9 before her.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    If you've never heard of the 'Original 9' I encourage you watch the 'Battle of the Sexes' film from a few years back or seek out one of the many articles or documentaries on it. The short description is a group of nine professional women tennis players from 1971, headed by Billie Jean King, all banded together to demand better pay in the sport.

    It really is a great film and a really cool story. Awesome that they all made it in the Hall of Fame.